While these days it might seem like liquid laundry detergents are king, there are actually some real benefits to using powdered laundry detergent.

Powdered laundry detergent can be cheaper, easier to transport, take up less storage space, and most importantly: it can get your clothes just as clean as liquid detergent.

Powdered detergent works great for any type of laundry and does everything liquid detergent could do. 

Let’s take a look at how to get the most from your powdered laundry detergent.

How To Use Powdered Laundry Detergent

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You can use powdered laundry detergent pretty much identically to how you’d use a liquid laundry detergent.

If you’re using a top loading washing machine, just pour your powdered detergent directly into the laundry drum before adding your clothes. It can be a good idea to turn on the water before pouring it in, to ensure it all gets properly dissolved.

If you have a front loading washing machine, just insert the powdered laundry detergent into the detergent drawer. It will be automatically added to the drum during the washing cycle.

What Powdered Laundry Detergent Can’t Do

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For the most part, powdered detergent does everything which liquid detergent can do. 

While this is true during the wash cycle, if you’re hoping to pre-treat your laundry before putting it in the wash, liquid detergent has a clear advantage. Pretreating is a good idea for tough stains like oils, greases, and makeup stains. 

Outside of pretreating, there is no serious advantage to either type of laundry detergent.

How Much Powdered Laundry Detergent Should You Use

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Every powdered laundry detergent can be a little different. To get the best results, consult the manufacturer’s instructions on the packet. 

You should find some information regarding the proper dosage of powdered detergent for your given load size.

FAQ's

Can you use powder detergent in a high efficiency washer?

Yes. Just make sure the powder detergent is designed for use in a high efficiency (HE) washer.

Do you mix powder detergent with water?

It is not necessary to mix powdered detergent with water. You can place the powder directly into the washing machine’s soap dispenser or into the drum itself.

How do I stop my washing powder from clumping?

Clumped up washing powder is usually the result of too much moisture. Moisture finds its way into your washing powder in the form of humidity. To combat this clumping, try keeping your washing powder in a cool dry place. Keeping it in an airtight container, such as a mason jar, can help by minimizing its exposure to the atmosphere. If it is really bad, try adding some desiccant packets or rice directly into the powder to help absorb moisture.